New Map Reveals Islands’ Health Risks

health mapScilly has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the country according to a new map showing health and environmental risks across England and Wales.

The Health Atlas has been created by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit based at Imperial College London, and shows data down to the level of individual neighbourhoods.

Scilly’s high rate of skin cancer, around twice the national risk level, correlates with our higher than average amount of sunshine.

For most other health conditions, Scilly is fairly average, apart from a slightly higher risk of liver cancer and bronchitis in women.

Scillonian men seem to fare better, with lower risk of heart disease and bronchitis than the national average.

Our babies do well too, with some of the highest birth weights in the country.

You can explore the interactive map here.



2 Responses to New Map Reveals Islands’ Health Risks

  1. Me April 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Our population is so small that any statistics appertaining to our Islands are a nonsense . If 2 people, for example,have a certain condition in Scilly then the statistics could show us having double that of the nations average as every additional case as a percentage of so few makes a huge difference.
    It would be lovely to have such bonny babies born here but our average weight would surely come down if our babies born on the mainland for prematurity were included!
    Lets not take these reports too seriously. We should, however, be mindful of good health guidance, regardless of statistical analysis!

    • Ian T. April 30, 2014 at 8:51 am

      As I’ve said before, I once went on a course on statistics. Before the course I had to read a book called ‘How to lie with statistics’. The public are conned everyday with cherry-pickings from statistical reports. Be very aware. Read what is actually said not what they want you to believe.